First Tee of the Triad set for record-breaking Spring


Nearly 100 Kids attend Newspapers in Education Clinic at Gillespie

GREENSBORO, N.C. – – After registration for The First Tee of the Triad’s
2012 spring programs began in February, parents of Piedmont Triad golfing
children wasted little time in visiting the website to sign up. The First
Tee of the Triad has more children signed up for its 2012 spring programs
than ever before, it was announced today.

More than 500 Piedmont Triad children will participate in The First Tee of
the Triad spring programs this year. The programs are set for Winston Lake,
Salem Glen and Tanglewood Park in the Winston-Salem area as well as the Rick
Murphy Golf Academy and Gillespie Park in Greensboro.

“It is extremely gratifying to see that so many families are taking
advantage of our programs,” First Tee of the Triad president and chief
executive officer Mike Barber said. “Triad parents know that we’ll teach
their kids how to play golf, but we’ll also expose them to our core values,
healthy habits and code of conduct curriculum. We are helping families
raise well-rounded children who also like to play golf.”

Despite the record numbers, space remains in the second session set for
Mondays or Wednesdays from May 14 through June 27. A simple registration
process and information on scholarships is available at Simply click on programs and instruction to
register; scholarships can be requested during the online registration

Some 100 Piedmont Triad kids attended this past weekend’s Newspapers in
Education Kids Golf Clinic at Gillespie Park in Greensboro. The event was
sponsored by the Greensboro News & Record and The First Tee of the Triad.

Children participated at six stations teaching golf skills such as full
swing, putting, pitching, chipping and physical fitness. Those in
attendance were treated to a long drive and trick shot performance from Jake
“Rocket” Taylor and Mike “Basher” Brody. Instructors included members of
the men’s and women’s golf teams representing UNC-Greensboro, Guilford
College, Greensboro College and Elon University. Additional First Tee of the
Triad clinics will be announced soon.

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About The First Tee:

The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its
mission, “To impact the lives of young people by providing learning
facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and
life-enhancing values through the game of golf.” The goal of The First Tee
is to provide the golf-learning facilities and the experience that will
enable kids from every walk of life to partake of a game that teaches values
for life and which can be played for a lifetime. The First Tee of the Triad
operates at Tanglewood Park and Winston Lake Golf Course in Winston-Salem
and Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro. The First Tee of the Triad is one
of 204 chapters operating at some 692 facilities in all 50 states and five
foreign countries with more than 3 million participants. More than 3,300
schools also participate in the program. Founded by the World Golf
Foundation in 1997, The First Tee is a way to bring golf to children that
otherwise would not be exposed to the game or its positive values. The
program is overseen and has the active support of committee members
representing Augusta National Golf Club, the Ladies Professional Golf
Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the United States Golf
Association. Former President George W. Bush serves as Honorary Chairman.